Is there a huge mass of plastic waste in the Pacific?

22 April 2007

Question

I heard that there’s a huge mass of plastic waste in the North West Pacific, is this true?

Answer

Plastic waste is a huge problem. Researchers working on uninhabited islands often find plastic waste, and often flip-flops! Some enterprising people in the Seychelles have even started using them to make flip-flop art.Ocean currents are likely to bring plastic together in certain areas, so there could well be a mass in the N W Pacific. In fact, shipments of rubber ducks which escaped from damaged tankers have been used to measure ocean currents.

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